I must say lawmacs blog has reached a milestone today yes and guess what it is This is my fifty first post didn’t even realize it feels good to be here however will all these writing comes another issue Spamming but what is Spam? according to Wikipedia “Spam is the abuse of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately” this is an issue which most if not all bloggers come across at some point in their blogging life whether it be through commenting or through emails.
Over the past week alone i have deleted about seventy spam comments from my website and the strange thing about this is that they all came from three different countries and about five different ip addresses while commenting on other bloggers blogs are a brilliant way of gaining Back links to our website Spamming other bloggers can get you blacklisted So what are my options you may ask?.
(1)IP Blocking first of all let me explain IPs’ this is your internet Protocol(IP) address that every internet connections has and it acts as unique address for every computer and the networks just like your home address which is unique. The blog platform i am running is built on the .net framework and having experience in programming i can simple blog any ip address from within my web configuration file so these spammers will always be redirected to my error 404 pages. This has its draw back for the simple fact that most Internet Service Providers or ISP as they are called issues dynamic ip address and if these spammers changes address and then a genuine visitors is issued with one of these blocked address then they wont be able to access my blog not nice isn’t it.
(2)Introducing Captcha this is a type of challenge-response test used in computing to ensure that the response is not generated by a computer.well this is brilliant works fine and is very effective way of preventing automated bots from commenting on your website or blog. I prefer this option and it is no in testing mode on my testing blog working great so far i have not implement this yet because at the movement i am using comment moderations which is fine at the moment. This is what we bloggers endured other blogging platforms like Word press uses the popular askimet plugin for spam prevention and this works beautiful if you ever have these issues share your experience.